“East…Always Moving Towards Excellence!”

Our mission is to work with the school community to provide a safe educational environment where students are stimulated to become lifelong learners, equipped with the knowledge and analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills to meet the demands of college and/or careers as informed citizens in a globally competitive market.

Greetings Raider parents, guardians, and friends,

District News!

We held an impressive Save Our Students protest on the 5th of March in Trenton.  More than 27 school buses transported students, staff, and parents to Trenton to show unified support to restore the loss of state aid to our school district.  I was very proud of our school’s response, as we packed seven buses of students and staff from High School East alone.  The kids were actively involved in the peaceful protest and represented our school with pride!  I was so proud of the way they responded and their character to reflect the ideals inherent in our pillars.  I hope that we will observe the benefits of our efforts.

Week in Review

Mrs. Casey Daniel and her wonderful Journalism Staff are thrilled to venture in the social media world updating parents on East daily activities.  Please check us out on Instagram (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Facebook (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Twitter (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay) and Website (Tretoday_Theraiderway.wordpress.com).  Emails to Mrs. Daniel can be sent to Tretodaytheraiderway@gmail.com).  Our daily Bulletin will be posted on our school website each day.

Our School Safety Team met on Tuesday with former Deputy Prosecutor Mr. Bob Peck.  Mr. Peck provided a refresher course on terrorism.  The team discussed the history of terrorism and the impacts in Ocean County (from organized crime to modern terrorism).  Thank you Mr. Peck for taking the time to come in and meet with our students!  While most of our staff attended the march on Trenton, those left behind participated in a school-wide professional development activity.  Staff were asked to read an article on ‘Rigor’ and to assess how they utilize various strategies to infuse into their classroom/work setting.  

On Wednesday, I met with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Marc Natanagara to discuss our school goals and progress to date.  We had a great meeting as I walked Dr. Natanagara through how we are infusing activities, programs, professional development, etc. in support of our school vision and mission.  Our Military Club promoted women in military history through after school meetings and announcements.  Great job kids!  Our Behavior Committee held our monthly Hearings and worked with students who are demonstrating destructive behavior in terms of class cuts.  An action plan was developed and education provided to support positive school attendance.  Great job Mr. Greg Roth and your team for all of your hard work!  We held our monthly Fire Drill without incident!  

We held our weekly professional development session in our Jersey Mike’s PD Room on Friday.  Interested staff read an article on the importance of reflection in promoting student achievement.  Participants discussed with their colleagues how they will infuse the strategies into their daily practice.  Staff were also provided with an opportunity to reflect on their own growth over the year as we returned first day of school reflections on our teaching.  Staff members were provided an opportunity to add to their initial reflections to help guide personal growth.  Thank you Mrs. Erin Anders for creating the workshop!  Great job to Mrs. Diane Harz for coordinating our Big Read guest speakers throughout the day on Friday.  Various Vietnam Veterans took their personal time to share out on their experiences during the war.  The Veterans discussed their work, losing friends, and the impacts after coming home.  The kids were well behaved and very appreciative for the opportunity!

I recognized our March Seniors of the Month and would like to congratulate Mikayla Youngman and Angelo Campanelli.  Mikayla is in the top 10% of her class of 348. She has a 4.9 GPA. She was one of the handfuls of students chosen from High School East to participate in the Youth Wellness Summit to help bring mental health awareness to teens in Ocean County. She received the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, which certifies her as bilingual in Spanish and English. Mikayla has earned all A’s and A+’s this school year and is a member of TEAM, Peer Leadership and Spanish National Honor Society. She has shown her dedication to being a student with her outstanding attendance record here the past four years. She is described by her teachers as someone with incredible determination and focus.  Angelo is described by his teachers as good natured, polite, well-mannered and courteous. He is cooperative and always interested in learning. He is an excellent student that always treats his peers and teachers with respect.  Angelo is an active member of the High School East community by participating in Robotics, National Honor Society, Photography Club, History Club and Track.  He has earned a ‘4’ on the rigorous AP History Exam and challenges himself in honors and AP courses. Angelo also volunteers in the community. He is a junior firefighter for the East Dover Fire Company.  Thank you Mikayla and Angelo for being such positive reflections of our school community.  

We are collecting food and toiletry items to send to our troops overseas in support of our Big Read novel, The Things They Carried.  We are collecting items through March 29th, Vietnam Veterans Day.

Congratulations to Mr. Anthony Salotti for being recognized as our Employee of the Week.  Mr. Salotti was acknowledged by Mrs. Kristi Koskowski for his positive attitude and willingness to support our school attendance initiatives.  Mr. Salotti teaches Special Education History and works collaboratively with his colleagues in the Social Studies Department.  Thank you Mr. Salotti for being such a positive reflection of our school community.      

I would like to recognize all of our staff who participated in the march on Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of our 180 Days of Excellence.  They did an outstanding job supervising the more than 240 students and buses for the event.  They did a great job representing our school with pride.  

I would like to acknowledge Anthony Preztos, Dylan Lightbody, and Emiliano Alonso for being written up for positive school behavior.  Anthony was observed going out of his way to open a door for a student on crutches.  Dylan was recognized for his improved attendance coming to school every day!  I appreciate Dylan’s commitment to his personal success.   Emiliano was recognized for his academic improvement this year and his teachers could not be more proud of his accomplishments.  Great job Anthony, Dylan, and Emiliano,  

Did You Know?

3. A school in the Philippines is made entirely of recycled pop bottles.  It took about 9,000 bottles and dozens of volunteers to build the structure. Each bottle was filled with sand, water and straw to keep them sturdy. Then, a cement-like substance was used to hold the bottles in place as they were stacked on top of each other to create walls.

4. The largest school in the world in terms of number of students is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India.  There are more than 32,000 students attending the school on a daily basis. It has over 1,000 classrooms, 3,700 computers and goes through thousands of pounds worth of stationery and books each year.

Freshman Academy/STEAM

Freshman Academy teachers will be meeting this week to discuss students-of-the-month and academy events for the month of March.

Attendance Matters

Reviewing our February attendance data, we observed approximately 45 more students with perfect attendance comparing 2019 to 2018.  We did note a slight improvement in the overall daily attendance (0.4%) and averaged five fewer absences per day comparing February 2019 to February 2018.  Mondays and Fridays continue to be our most problematic days of week with our juniors our most problematic group (averaged 92% monthly attendance rate compared to our freshmen at 93.5%).  Regarding lates to school, we averaged approximately 2.7 more per day compared to last February.  Note, we did observe 3 days of delayed openings due to inclement weather.  Fridays were our most problematic day of the week and our seniors our most problematic group (averaged 13.1 lates/day).

We will continue to utilize our Attendance Committee and our various initiatives to promote the mindset that every day counts at East!  

Character Counts

Reviewing our February behavior data, we observed similar trends.  We did observe a decrease in the number of class cuts for this month in comparison to February 2018 (10 fewer).  We documented approximately 61 fewer discipline referrals comparing February 2019 to February 2018.  We observed similar types of elevated behavior, which we are working on (disruptive behavior, insubordination, lates to school, and cuts).  I hope to demonstrate improvements as we progress to June!  

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

I am going spend the next few weeks highlighting the characteristics of a Growth Mindset in this section.  I will provide links to articles and videos describing how to promote in the home.

Activity: Use growth mindset language

Everyone falls into fixed mindset thinking sometimes. The first step toward fostering a growth mindset in our children is to become aware of language that signals one mindset or the other.

Here are some questions to think about:

  1. How often do you notice and praise effort, strategies, and progress?
  2. What thoughts did you have this week when your child struggled? How could you frame their struggle in a growth mindset way by helping them understand that this is when their brain is growing most?
  3. What thoughts did you have when your child excelled? How could you frame their success in a growth mindset way, e.g., by talking about the process that went into their success?
  4. What kinds of fixed and growth-mindset statements did your child make?

Action Ideas


College and Career

Important new developments on raising money to pay for college expenses!  Your child can earn micro-scholarships from colleges for your achievements as early as 9th grade.  Please go to the following website for further details:

How to Choose a College that Fits:

CAFÉ Corner

Students who are entitled to a free lunch are also entitled to a free breakfast!  We will be serving fruit smoothies as part of our ‘healthy’ eating initiative during the morning rush.  We will not be accepting cash for the smoothies as students can simply swipe their cards!  


Parents, please monitor your child’s behavior prior to their attendance at a school evening event.  Know that as a school we can never condone the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc.  Although the behavior may be deemed appropriate in your home, it is not on school property.  Please respect our commitment to keep our students safe.

This Week at East

We are hosting a STEAM tour of the building on Tuesday with outside organizations looking to model our framework.  Mr. Kevin McCann and Ms. Amanda Gregorek will conduct the tour.  Our PTO will be meeting at 6:30 pm Tuesday evening as part of our March monthly meeting.  Our School Improvement Committee will meet after school this week to discuss our March objectives.  Students and staff will be completing our climate surveys this week.  Most importantly, our Eastside Theatre Company is hosting our school Play Thursday-Saturday this week!  I cannot wait to see the kids on stage as I know they have been working so hard for many months!  We will hold our weekly professional development workshop Friday in our PD Room to discuss student achievement.  


This week the juniors will have the opportunity to speak with their guidance counselors regarding their 2019-2020 schedule.  Students will be brought to the guidance office by their History teacher during assigned periods.  Courses must be requested via the parent portal.  On Wednesday, May 1st we will be taking seniors to OCC for Registration Day. This will allow seniors to go through the registration and orientation process. The buses will leave HSE at 7:30am and return to HSE at approx. 1:15pm. See you counselor for more information.  The registration deadline for the May 4th SAT is 4/5/19.  Register at www.collegeboard.org.  The OCPGA College Fair is on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6pm - 8pm at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena at HSN. There is a Financial Aid workshop at 5:30pm & 7pm.  Jenkinson's annual summer job fair is on March 10th & 23rd from 12pm-3pm. Please call 732-295-4334 ext. 124 for more information.  New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!

In support of our Big Read, The Things They Carried, Vietnam Veterans will be speaking to interested students in March.


Join the PTO Remind - text @ah89ee to 81010.  We will use remind for event and meeting reminders.  Our email address is trhsepto@gmail.com, Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/trhsepto and find us on instagram @ tomsriverhse.pto.  We are holding our monthly PTO meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm in the Main Office Conference Room.



I would like to thank The Olive Garden for their continued support of High School East.  We have received several lunches in recognition of the efforts our staff make to support student achievement.  Thank you Olive Garden, we appreciate you!

I would like to thank Douglas and Mary Fantuzzi for their generous donation to our Robotics Club – Short Circuits.  Our Robotics Club growth is dependent upon the acquisition of funds from various community sponsors.  On behalf of Mrs. Suzanne Signorelli and Mr. Walt Patelunas, I would like to personally thank you for your support of our program.  

I would like to thank CBJ Farms for donating the shrubs/plants for the front entrance of our building for our beautification project.  CBJ Farms is located on 36 Newbold Lane in Chesterfield, New Jersey.  The phone number is (609) 291-9292.  

I would like to thank Chris Rampone for his continued support of our school’s educational incentives to improve school achievement.  Mr. Rampone has generously donated thousands of dollars in coupons to his Jersey Mike’s Subs establishments in Toms River.  Chris is committed to supporting our initiative to improve school achievement through positive school behavior and attendance.  Thank you Chris for all you are doing for East and our community!  

I would like to thank Morano Tours for donating $300 to our school account in support of our attendance and character initiatives.  Thank you Bill Morano your generosity.  The funds will be used to purchase certificates, shirts, and other gifts during our monthly student drawings.  Check out his website, Moranotours.net or call to make a reservation at (732) 237-9977.  Bill was a former teacher at East and is personally connected to our community.

I would also like to thank our wonderful partner, Thompson Health Care, for providing the staff with breakfast on our first day of school.  Thompson Health Care has volunteered to provide food, speakers, and other school-related services in support of our school vision and mission.  Thompson Health Care provides chiropractic, sports rehabilitation, acupuncture, physical therapy, medical pain management and medical weight loss to their patients.


Mr. Thomas, Principal

We at High School East


Anchored in Integrity,

Devoted to Excellence,


Focused on results:

well educated and highly ethical graduates.